I would like some advice from the community. I'm about to retire from the military in a couple of years. I will be 47 then. I already have a master's from WGU in Information Assurance, and currently enrolled in an MBA from LSU Shreveport. I also intend to enroll and complete a master's from Boston University in Computer Information Systems. By the end of 2021 when I get my retirement papers, I intend to be done or close to finishing both of these degrees. My post-military transition plan is to seek employment in the Middle East, somewhere in one of the GCC countries. I still intend to earn a doctorate in Information Technology or Management Information Systems (for personal reasons, it has to be a PhD, not a DBA, DIT or DSc...). I will be paying for it with personal funds, student loans or potential employer tuition reimbursement. Reasons for earning the PhD: personal goal, use it for climbing the corporate ladder, teach online as an adjunct (plan to transition to that more as I grow older and gain more teaching experience) and do some consulting, concurrent with corporate work. I am debating between online or resident. - Online: I can do it at my own pace, start a new career and continue earning money. U.S schools that I saw (culled from reading various sites) * Nova Southeastern University: they have both a PhD in Information Assurance or Information Systems. * Capella University. * University of the Cumberlands (though student experiences vary about their program) - Resident: drawback is that I have to give up on career earnings while I dedicate 4-5 years to the university and subsist on approximately a $30,000/year stipend. * University of Texas at Dallas * University of Texas at San Antonio * University of Houston * University of Georgia * University of Arizona I will have to take the GMAT (I don't mind). I know that I could be competitive for either. The drawback from the resident programs is that I don't intend to become a full time university professor. I want the ability to work in industry, consult and not be beholden to dedicate every waking moment to research papers, publishing or the politics of academia. What should I consider or what would you advise?